@amariem25: Ok, let me explain twitter to you. Those who hate it just tend to misunderstand it.
People use Twitter in different way:
The Social Aspect: In this way twitter is only better than Facebook because it is easier to update from a phone. Therefore if you have friends who are out a lot and see interesting things, you would follow them and get quick updates about interesting things and pictures. But really, twitter isn’t going to replace Facebook for connecting with people you know.
Yes, some people update about mundane things, those people don’t “get” Twitter.
The Updates Aspect: Is there a brand/product/band/shop/store that you love? Following them on twitter normally yields the first updates about tours/sales/vouchers/newproducts etc Part two of this: Is there a blog you love to follow, or someone on Youtube? Follow them on twitter and be the first to know about new posts/videos and get hints about upcoming things.
Celebrities and the Like: Are you a fan of Dita von Teese? Or Helen Hunt? You can follow their twitter and see what they are doing. I love glitter/glam and Dita often tweets pictures of her stage outfits before going on. I LOVE it.
Contests: Some companies have contests to win their products simply by retweeting a message. It’s quite effective. (see below for what a retweet is).
The Real Time Aspect: This is where Twitter is in it’s element. Twitter takes less time to load because it is so simple, therefore it’s easier to upload in times of turmoil. During the Queensland floods (in Australia) many people were updating information using the hashtag #gldfloods (a hashtag groups all tweets indcluding the hashtag (by all people) together so that you can search for them). People tweeted places to volunteer, maps of closed roads when the offical website went down, places offering free storage etc etc
This can be fun too. During the Royal Wedding I searched for the #royalwedding hashtag and was able to follow along with what people all over the world were saying about it at. the. time! I do this when my favorite TV show is on, particularly if no one else in my house watches that show. In this way I like to follow comedians because they tend to say funny things.
Hashtag: #lookslikethis. It is used to make your tweet searchable for a certain topic. #SYTTD #qldfloods etc. Some people use hashtags as a form of comedy. “I really love that hat Beatrice is wearing” #sarcasm (there are much better ones than that, I made it up)
Retweet: If you like what someone tweeted and want others you might not follow them to read it, you can retweet it. This automatically copies the tweet and makes it yours, sending it out to your followers. This helped a lot durning the floods because people retweeted important information very quickly and it spread.
@reply: Just like on the Bee, the @tickles means that someone is replying to your tweet/directing something at you. Facebook does this now too, being able to tag someone in a status. You can see the @replys to yourself bu looking under “@Mentions”
Twitter is public. It is not a place to share your personal life like Facebook it. Some people do use it this way and you can make all your tweets hidden to only your followers through your privacy setting. However, that’s not really the point. Twitter is about what people are saying right now about what is happening in the world. It’s a source of information, opinions and jokes.
I hope I’ve shared a bit of insight into twitter. Perhaps some of you might give it another shot.